We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Monday, December 29. 2008
I looked through our ABC Carpet link and found the rug in the photo. A Caucasian Kazak, my favorite "brand." Readers, buy it for me! It would add beauty to my life.
Malthus, Scrooge, and others.
Lionel Tiger on bonobos and utopia
What the heck is this "ranked choice voting" all about?
Most embarassing global warming claims of 2008
Cigarettes are sublime. Too true.
Harold Pinter hated us.
Quoted at Big Lizards:
The State is our shepherd
Jeb Bush? Why not?
Why we need newspapers. Surber. I agree. Just the facts, please.
A final look at Barack, The Magic Negro
From New England Repub:
From Andy McCarthy:
Sowell, via Betsy:
George Bush, The Great Liberator. I'm down with that. Good man, lousy pol.
Quoted at American Digest:
Reality will grow him up, as it does with all of us. He has had a charmed life thus far, in many ways.
Sunday, December 28. 2008
ABC Carpet in NYC has a major antique rug sale going on. It's fun to flip through the examples they put on their site. Real antique oriental rugs are made with vegetable dyes and not modern dyes which weaken the wool fibers. Few man-made things are more lovely, and you hate to put them in places where people will step on them with shoes because they can easily last a few more hundred years if treated properly.
(Thanks for corrections of my errors of fact, Commenters. I should never say anything about something I only know a little bit about...but if I stuck with that rule, I would never say a thing. The word "dilettante" has two connotations.)
On the left is an antique Turkish Konye; on the right is an antique Iranian Bakhtiari.
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h/t, Watts Up with That?
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From guest poster Bruce Kesler. Thanks for the mini-series, Bruce, and your comrades here hope that you and your family had a Happy Hannukah:
My 3-year old and 8-year old sons most enjoyed this one:
Here’s Peter, Paul and Mary singing “Don’t Let The Light Go Out”:
Eight nights to enjoy jokes, sharing, and relearning the importance of defending freedom. A great holiday tradition: Don’t Let The Light Go Out.
Resist the urge to trash your husbands.
Global warming is caused by computers.
Amazon's best year ever
Computer ownership, by country. I don't see China on the list.
Africa needs God
"On the sick" in Britain. It pays to be fat or an addict in the UK. Cool, dude.
How would this story be reported if it had been the other way around?
Now they can say it: Bush has advanced health care
Fashionable scientific illiteracy
Hooking up update
If not appointed, I won't run
Can you give Wikipedia a hand? A wonderful site, but it doesn't make $. Like Maggie's.
Teddy Roosevelt, Socialist?
The top political scandals of 2008. AVI
A Pomo Christmas Story: S,C&A
Taliban fighting for freedom
Sarah was a member of the wrong party: Palin vs. Caroline. Also, More on Palin Bad, kennedy Good. Also, she doesn't sound too bright or aware. I know plenty of heavyweight folks who need an easy job more than she does. Indeed, all reporting these days is partisan-motivated. See Barak's fancy vacation in Hawaii.
Related, from VDH:
Related: Hamas got what it wanted. No doubt.
Why banks are a special case. Megan. I agree with that.
Samuel Huntington, RIP:
Saturday, December 27. 2008
The 2008 Pres election, by county:
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Quoted from Steyn:
Some people are impossible to please.
From Bruce Kesler:
In light of the self-righteous pomposity with which some make a bad joke of their religiosity, here’s a clip of a popular Chanukah song that shares the fun of religion:
Sling shot shooter. Like any great shooter, he doesn't know how he does it. Rufus Hussey (h/t, Theo)
Eartha Kitt died of colon cancer this week. We posted on her performance on April 13 of this year, when she was in fine fettle. Here is our post:
I had the remarkable pleasure and privilege of being invited to a small fund-raiser gathering last night at which Eartha Kitt performed a dynamite set. At 81, she is in great shape, a wonderful and sexy performer, and she still can sing ferociously - and in Japanese or Turkish when she wants to. She has a gift for languages. She surely gives the impression of enjoying the whole thing.
Got my photo taken with her. She lives in Westport, CT and will be doing her usual gig at the Cafe Carlisle again this year, after a two-week stint in Paris - God bless her. This is C'est si bon from 1961:
2008 Media Research Center Awards for moonbat media
Kwanzaa is really over. I heard jokes about it at the beginning, but not even a joke for years now, which is proof that it is irrelevent.
An Iditerod without dogs. Good grief. Anything without dogs is a drag.
The final proof of climate change: Q&O
Brit Hume: retiring, but not gone
What happened to muni swaps. Caveat emptor.
I am not guilty. So why should I pay for these messes?
Obama's "job fetish." Reason
Liberal Joel Stein admits he doesn't love America. That explains a lot. He seems to like Sweden, partly for their sexual "freedom." So leave, Joel, and get your recreational sex! Sweden happily accepts immigrants, but they seem to prefer Moslems. Sweden and Moslems: Perfect Together.
Not meant as a joke: Indulgences in San Francisco. Who expects to make $ from this scam?
Jimmy Carter did the hope and change schtick too. Am Thinker
Corporate welfare, institutionalized. At Marg Rev:
Detroit Update. Where the sirens never sleep.
Yet another corrupt Dem to add to the list? Gov. Richardson
Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
This song is from As You Like It
Friday, December 26. 2008
Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
From Bruce Kesler:
In light of how the language of Jews has entered common usage in
During the first day of Hanukkah, two elderly Jewish men were sitting in a wonderful deli frequented almost exclusively by Jews in
My hardworking Yiddish speaking immigrant grandparents owned a tailor store in downtown
A measure of the contribution to
"I've been known to be calm." Please Mrs. Henry with The Band, from the mostly-playful and never released and never intended for release practice Basement Tapes from the garage at Big Pink outside Woodstock (good photos):
An important essay: Obama’s Job-Creation Program Flunks Basic Math by Caroline Baum at Bloomberg. One quote:
What is defined as a "crisis" is quite subjective, if not entirely trumped up and manipulated for political purposes. The "opportunity in crisis" is, indeed, to expand the reach and control of government, whether it's war, recession - or manufactured crises like "health care." That's been the Statist tactic since FDR, and I resent it.
In my view, it is best to consider all knowledge as tentative. The best scholars maintain an open-mindedness and humility about even their own core beliefs.
I hope you had a merry holiday. I finally saw Borat - Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Hilariously un-PC and insensitive, and therefore highly recommended. Now, back to work.
Christmas in Baghdad. Photo from the piece at Gateway
Harvard's endowment likely lost much more than they are saying. University greed is the problem.
What's with the double-counting? I don't get it.
Handel's Messiah: I thought I saw the face of God.
The alarmists are becoming increasingly shrill. Maybe they are worried that we quit listening, and have begun to mock and satirize them. Dang it, we want warmening - for the children.
Coyote on the wind power scam and the green jobs myth.
A year of scary, trumped-up myths about smoking and obesity. Spiked. Sounds like people don't like to feel pushed around by the government they pay for.
AVI on Special Education. From everything I've read about education, "special" or otherwise, neither $, nor computers, nor fancy buildings make any difference at all.
"More Science in journalism school, please." Surber. My impression is that journalists understand science about as well as they understand economics.
Speaking of science, Politicizing Science at Powerline.
Steyn on Subprime Education,
with a h/t to Viking who also quoted Professor X thus:
There seems, as is often the case in colleges, to be a huge gulf between academia and reality. No one is thinking about the larger implications, let alone the morality, of admitting so many students to classes they cannot possibly pass. The colleges and the students and I are bobbing up and down in a great wave of societal forces-social optimism on a large scale, the sense of college as both a universal right and a need, financial necessity on the part of the colleges and the students alike, the desire to maintain high academic standards while admitting marginal students-that have coalesced into a mini-tsunami of difficulty. No one has drawn up the flowchart and seen that, although more-widespread college admission is a bonanza for the colleges and nice for the students and makes the entire United States of America feel rather pleased with itself, there is one point of irreconcilable conflict in the system, and that is the moment when the adjunct instructor, who by the nature of his job teaches the worst students, must ink the F on that first writing assignment.
Rape or love? Sounds like love to me.
What's the latest on Sen. Dodd? And why do Libs always get a free pass on their sleaziness?
Jonah critiques the New Republic's critique of Liberal Fascism
Well put, by Rick Moran:
Thursday, December 25. 2008
Thanks for all the kind words from our visitors over the past week or so. Your appreciation is our reward - along with our own pleasure and education.
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From our guest poster Bruce Kesler:
In light of the contributions of Jews to Christian celebrations of Christmas, two songs that never caught on:
- Deck the Halls with Balls of Matzos
- Jumpin’ around the Chanukah Bush
Some famous Christmas songs written by Jews:
We Need A Little Christmas
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
A Holly Jolly Christmas
The Christmas Waltz
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
I’m Getting Nuttin’ For Christmas
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays
Do They Know It’s Christmas (Feed The World)
Photo: Ellis Island Menorah from Levine
This one from our virtual friend Sissy grabbed me:
From The Truth about Christmas in American Thinker: